Northern Ontario Internship Program

The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships.

Who is Eligible ?

Private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario that are interested in providing training and work experience to recent graduates. The organization must have been in operation for at least one year with a minimum of one full-time employee and operate in one of the following sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture, aquaculture and food processing
  • arts, culture and creative industries
  • digital economy
  • forestry and value-added forestry-related industries
  • health sciences
  • minerals sector and mining supply and services
  • renewable energy and services
  • tourism
  • transportation, aviation and aerospace
  • water technologies and services
  • municipalities, First Nations, post-secondary education institutions, and research institutions may also apply
  • other business activities that, in the opinion of the NOHFC Board of Directors, will result in an economic development advantage for Northern Ontario will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A legal entity is entitled to two internship positions at a given time. Additional research positions are considered for colleges, universities and research institutions (as defined by NOHFC). 

Candidate Criteria

  • University and college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. Candidates must be graduates of post-secondary degree or diploma programs.
  • The position must provide the intern with first time employment in their field of study. 
  • Candidates are only eligible to participate in the internship program one time.   
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada. 

What is Eligible ?

Funding is available for organizations located in Northern Ontario to provide first time full-time employment in a related field to recent university and college graduates. The program will support innovation, economic/community development and capacity building within communities. 

Retail business activities where retail is the major or sole function of the position are not eligible. Positions that are operational in nature (such as clerical) are not eligible. 

Guidelines

  • Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
    • The opportunity for the placement to result in a full time permanent job.
    • The quality of the skill development opportunity.
    • The type of training being proposed by the employer.
    • The work plan/supervision method. Direct supervision must be provided daily by an onsite supervisor.     
  • Activities that displace existing employees are not eligible. The organization is responsible to demonstrate that the position is a new position.
  • Upon receiving NOHFC approval for funding, all organizations are responsible for recruiting appropriate candidates.
  • A fair selection process must be conducted by organizations for each position.
  • Organizations cannot hire immediate family members or relatives. 
  • Payment will be made on a cost-incurred basis with two payments made at six months and the end of the internship. 
  • Work must be provided for a 52 week internship period.
  • Organizations are required to notify the NOHFC when an employee has been hired under this program or when an employee leaves. 

Funding

Multi-year internship funding for professional certification:

Multi-year funding may be considered for candidates who must complete a minimum number of hours of professional experience for certification, depending on the requirements of that certification or designation program, and where the duration of such generally extends beyond one year. Some restrictions apply, and applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. A candidate to the Economic Developers Association of Canada certificate;
  2. Notification of an intended multi-year approach must be articulated in the initial application in order to clarify certification or designation conditions and verify eligibility;
  3. Approvals will only be for one year at a time, and would require confirmation that the year-one requirements were met before year-two funding is considered.
  4. Funding towards EDAC certification is limited to 2 years

-or -

  1. Where the intern works in a field where professionals need the authority of a regulatory body to practise their profession in Ontario;
  2. Notification of an intended multi-year approach must be articulated in the initial application in order to clarify certification or designation conditions and verify eligibility;
  3. Approvals will only be for one year at a time, and would require confirmation of requirements being met in order to consider funding of subsequent year;
  4. Internship funding towards a professional designation is limited to 2 years.

As an attachment to the application form, the employer will need to provide the following information in order to verify eligibility:

  1. Information from the regulatory body on the certification program being sought;
  2. Provide a confirmation that the employer is recognized by the regulatory body as an authorized training agent or facility);
  3. Show that the proposed training plan meets the certification/designation work experience requirements (in some cases, the employer will need to commit to additional costs related to mandatory courses or training needs);
  4. The field of study of the eligible candidate noted in the application must align with the post-secondary prerequisite under the certification program.

Eligible not-for-profit and public sector organizations located in Northern Ontario are potentially eligible to receive a conditional contribution of up to 90 percent of a recent graduate’s salary to a maximum contribution of $31,500.

Eligible private sector Northern Ontario organizations are potentially eligible to receive a conditional contribution of up to 50 percent of a recent graduate’s salary to a maximum contribution of $31,500.

NOHFC funding under this program, when combined with other provincial and federal government sources, will generally not exceed 50 per cent of eligible costs for private sector employers and 90 per cent of eligible costs for public sector employers.

Not all projects meeting the program criteria outlined above will receive funding. Applications will be accepted under this program until March 31, 2017. This is subject to change without any prior notice.

How to Apply

Send completed application forms to:

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
70 Foster Drive, Suite 200
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 6V8
fax: 1-705-945-6701
email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

For more information call our toll free line 1-800-461-8329.